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OS/Hard disk failure (Laptop)

By suleimein ·
I own a Toshiba laptop (Satellite series), it has a bad dvd drive. It runs on XP home edition, i had it boot up and it showed me a "SMART disk failure" after that it refused to boot. I manually pulled out the laptop harddisk and backup my data using a USB converter for external harddisks. My main problem is i have tried to use an external USB dvd writer to try and reinstall the backup system CD. How else can i reinstall my OS... and get my laptop running again. What i have available to use in trouble shooting: External DVD writer, USB harddisk converter, System reinstallation/backup DVD, New 80GB Laptop Harddisk, spare laptop

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Do things the easy way

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to OS/Hard disk failure (Lap ...

Replace the faulty DVD Drive with either a DVD Reader or Burner. They are cheap have a standard interface and easy to fit.

You will waste more of your time and potential for lost income by messing around with attempting to install any other way and incidentally your only real option is from a Networked Drive where you push out the Install From.

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